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Slate’s sports podcast on a culture of sexism inside the Washington NFL team, the WNBA’s rocky preseason, and DeSean Jackson.

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Episode Notes

In this week’s episode of Slate’s sports podcast Hang Up and Listen, Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and special guest Lindsay Gibbs of Power Plays discuss the continued implosion of the National Football League team in Washington, D.C., which has been buffeted by its racist name and now an investigation into a sexist workplace culture. They also examine the state of the WNBA, which is facing off-court stories about the shabby treatment of a star player and a revolt against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, a co-owner of the league’s Atlanta team. Finally, Joel, Stefan, and Josh Levin discuss recent anti-Semitic remarks by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and the reaction—or lack thereof—to them.

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Follow Lindsay Gibbs on Twitter, subscribe to her Power Plays newsletter, and listen to her podcast, Burn It All Down.

• The Washington Post’s detailed report on the sexual harassment of women employees and reporters by front-office executives of the city’s NFL franchise.

• In Power Plays, Lindsay argued that the story is less about Washington team owner Daniel Snyder than a systemic problem in the sports industry.

The Post reported that the NFL will consider disciplining Snyder but not forcing him to sell the team.

Read Athletic writer Rhiannon Walker’s first-person account of being harassed by Washington pro personnel director Alex Santos, who was fired last week.

In this Post story, women reporters discussed the longstanding problem of sexism in sports media.

• In Power Plays, Lindsay wrote about the WNBA’s decision to deny Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne a medical exemption from playing this season, and about player blowback against remarks by Sen. Kelly Loeffler calling Black Lives Matter a “radical Marxist group that actively promotes violence and destruction across the country.”

• In the Players’ Tribune, Delle Donne described her long struggle with Lyme disease.

• In FiveThirtyEight, Howard Megdal analyzed which WNBA teams will be hurt the most by players skipping the season.

• After sharing fake anti-Semitic quotations from Adolf Hitler on Instagram, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was fined by the team.

• In the Hollywood Reporter, retired NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticized remarks by Jackson and other athletes and celebrities.

• Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Zach Banner spoke out against anti-Semitism.

• In the Atlantic, Jemele Hill wrote that “the unfortunate truth is that some Black Americans have shown a certain cultural blindspot about Jews.”

Read the Atlantic’s Adam Serwer on Nation of Islam leader Rev. Louis Farrakhan and anti-Semitism.

• Tablet on scholarship about Jews and the slave trade.

Hang Up and Listen’s weekly Magic Deer:

Joel’s Magic Deer: When the Tampa Bay Rays open their season Thursday, they’ll be missing one of their most faithful fans. RIP, Mike Konrad.

Stefan’s Magic Deer: Leeds United is back in the Premier League. A half century ago, it was on the wrong end of a famous non-call that may have cost it a title.

On this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment, Joel, Lindsay, and Stefan discuss pushback by prominent NFL players against the league’s uncertain coronavirus health and safety plans.

Podcast production and edit by Melissa Kaplan.

You can email us at hangup@slate.com.

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A weekly sports discussion show from Slate. Hang Up and Listen features Slate personalities Joel Anderson, Stefan Fatsis, and Josh Levin.

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